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A12 bascule bridge closures mean more disruption in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 18:26 01 September 2011

Traffic on the Bascule Bridge, Lowestoft.
Photo: Andy Darnell
Copy: Amy Gray
For: EDP
Archant © 2008 (01603) 772434

Traffic on the Bascule Bridge, Lowestoft. Photo: Andy Darnell Copy: Amy Gray For: EDP Archant © 2008 (01603) 772434

Archant © 2008

MOTORISTS in Lowestoft face more disruption later this month when the A12 Bascule Bridge is closed for further maintenance.

The bridge will be closed overnight for four nights in late September and, potentially, a further four nights in November to allow a fault on one of its hydraulic units to be investigated and repaired.

The hydraulic units are part of the system which lifts the bridge to allow harbour traffic to pass underneath.

Brian Pitkin, project manager at the Highways Agency, which is carrying out the work, said: “Repairs to a faulty hydraulic unit on the north side of the bridge were completed in June. However, further checks of the other hydraulic units have revealed that there may be a similar fault in one of the units that lift the south side of the bridge.

“We know how much people in Lowestoft depend on the Bascule Bridge every day, by both road and water. We’re committed to keeping delays to an absolute minimum throughout this work. By carrying out the work overnight, and by avoiding the busy Friday and Saturday night periods, we hope to achieve this.”

Investigations will take place overnight – 8pm to 6am – from Sunday, September 25 to Wednesday, September 28. If repairs are required, there will be further closures between Sunday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 16. No closures are planned for Friday or Saturday nights when the bridge is used more frequently by pedestrians.

During the closures, a free bus service around the diversion route will be provided for pedestrians.

Advanced signing and a signed diversion route will also be in place.

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